This year has been the definition of explosive for Andrew David, a singer/songwriter from Santa Barbara, California. He released, not one, but two EPs in 2019. The first one “1:37AM” features our favorite song “Cruise Control” among 3 other blissful original tracks from Andrew. “Fit In” closes off the EP and is a raw introspective track that really showcases another level to Andrew’s artistry. More recently, Andrew dropped “Try to Understand” at the end of September, which features 2 original songs titled “Try to Understand” and “Stuck on You”.
Stepping out of his norm, Andrew David introduces a piano-heavy song with this title track and a catchy chorus that focuses on problems beneath the surface. The titled implies exactly what the sentiments of this song are, just try to understand. “Stuck on You” is a beautiful acoustic song that talks about themes of unreciprocated feelings of love. With these new releases, an ear for spectacular music, and an incredibly charming vocal tone, Andrew David has amassed himself a massive fanbase. With over 2k followers on Instagram and almost 10k listeners on Spotify, Andrew is absolutely the artist to keep an eye on heading into 2020! We look forward to catching a live show in the future. Check out Andrew David’s music here.
Welcome back to BuzzMusic Andrew David’! It’s such a pleasure to be chatting with you again. "1:37AM" is the perfect project to introduce new listeners to your sound in 2019. Where did you draw inspiration for this particular EP?
I was going through a tough time in life dealing with things like depression and heartbreak while writing the EP. Music was my only escape and the only way that I was able to really find the words to express myself. When writing this EP, I really tried to just have fun with it. I didn't worry about little mistakes or making it sound perfect. I just wanted to have fun and do something that I loved to put me back in the right headspace. What I got was an EP that I'm proud of. I'm often so self-critical and such a perfectionist that I tried really hard with this one to forget about the little things and make it sound like me -- mistakes and all.
“Fit In” is a meaningful and captivating song! What can you tell us about the writing process for this one? What do the lyrics represent?
I knew I needed one more track to finish the EP and "Fit In" just came to me. Normally I usually write out lyrics or come up with a melody first and then slowly create the song but I think "Fit In" really just captured what I was feeling at the time. It was the only song ever that I was able to write and record all in one take. The lyrics talk about that feeling of feeling out of place. Even when we're among our friends and family or any place we belong, sometimes it just feels like no one can truly understand you. We try so hard to fit in to society but ultimately we're all unique and different individuals. This song goes out to anyone that's ever felt out of place.
“Try to Understand” is a great new track but it seems to have a meaningful message behind the lyrics. Can you tell us more about your most recent release?
Similar to "Fit In," I often try to create songs that other people can relate to. This song talks about a previous relationship where I tried my best to make it work, but due to other circumstances and life just getting in the way, it's hard to make time for yourself and your significant other. "Try to Understand" is less as an excuse for my actions, but more of an explanation that I'm trying to be better and that you're important to me.
How have you honed your songwriting style over time, and what do you think are the main qualities that make a song truly connect and last in the long-run?
Everytime I think I figured out how to write songs, it always changes on me. Lately I've been in a rut and trying to write songs the way I "normally" do isn't working. I think at where I am in my life and career right now, I have to let the song come to me. If I force it, it loses its authenticity and audiences know that. I make music because I love it and it helps me express myself. If I just force creativity it flat out sucks. So, I guess I haven't really honed my songwriting style. Each song is different and writing each song is unique. I think the main qualities that make a song truly connect and last, in the long run, is authenticity. If you try to copy or just "make a hit," it's obvious and shallow. Audiences are smart people and they know when you've actually put the time and effort into it. Personally, I always thought it's the lyrics that make a song long-lasting. Of course there are iconic guitar riffs and famous sounds that people will forever recognize, but there is nothing like lyrics or a line that just strikes a chord with a listener.
“Stuck on You” is also a beautiful new song. Is this based on life experiences? Do you think it’s crucial to stay vulnerable with your audience?
When I wrote "Stuck on You," I knew it was going to be another love song so I worked really hard to make the lyrics meaningful and different. The song is based on life experiences and specifically, one girl that I just couldn't get over/still haven't gotten over. It's only my voice and an acoustic guitar because I really wanted to stay vulnerable in this song and not let it be drowned out by too much instrumentation. Like I said before, staying vulnerable, authentic, and real with your audience (in my opinion) is the only way to get through to your audience. I want my audience to feel like they know me through my music, not just know about me because of my music.
Thank you so much for chatting with us. Do you have any live shows or events coming up to support your EP “Try to Understand?
I have a couple of live shows coming up in November and December to support my new songs. These upcoming shows are going to be stripped down to just me and a guitar or piano because I want them to be more personal and connected. You can find out the upcoming dates through my Instagram!